Helen O’Neill joins Board of the Copyright Agency

November 27, 2014 | Author

As the Copyright Agency celebrates its 40th year, it has today appointed journalist and author Helen O’Neill to its Board.

Ms O’Neill replaces outgoing Board director and renowned children’s author, Libby Gleeson.

Helen O’Neill is an award-winning journalist and author with more than 25 years’ experience on The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Vogue Australia.

Her most recent books include biographies of Harry Seidler, Florence Broadhurst and the department store David Jones. She is appointed as the Australian Society of Authors elected director.

The Copyright Agency’s Chair Sandy Grant said, “The Copyright Agency is celebrating 40 years of standing up for creators: authors, publishers, artists, journalists, poets, photographers, illustrators and surveyors. We paid $100m in copyright fees to our members in 2013-14 and have paid more than $1.2 billion since inception.

“I am pleased to welcome Helen to our Board. She arrives at a time when there are exceptional challenges in the copyright arena and her expertise as a journalist and author will contribute enormously as we meet those challenges for our members.”

“I thank Libby Gleeson for her generous and practical contribution to our Board for the past nine years. She has represented the voice of creators and pushed some significant changes, including to the way we distribute fees to our author members.”

Mr Grant also announced that Board director Brian Johns would be leaving the Board in early 2015. An announcement about his replacement will be made in the new year.

As the Copyright Agency celebrates its 40th year, it has today appointed journalist and author Helen O’Neill to its Board. Ms O’Neill replaces outgoing Board director and renowned children’s author, Libby Gleeson.

Helen O’Neill is an award-winning journalist and author who has worked at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Vogue Australia. Her most recent books include biographies of Harry Seidler, Florence Broadhurst and the department store David Jones. She is appointed as the Australian Society of Authors elected director.

The Copyright Agency’s Chair Sandy Grant said, “The Copyright Agency is celebrating 40 years of standing up for creators: authors, publishers, artists, journalists, poets, photographers, illustrators and surveyors. We paid $100m in copyright fees to our members in 2013-14 and have paid more than $1.2 billion since inception.

“I am pleased to welcome Helen to our Board. She arrives at a time when there are exceptional challenges in the copyright arena and her expertise as a journalist and author will contribute enormously as we meet those challenges for our members.

“I thank Libby Gleeson for her generous and practical contribution to our Board for the past nine years. She has represented the voice of creators and pushed some significant changes, including to the way we distribute fees to our author members.”

Mr Grant also announced that Board director Brian Johns would be leaving the Board in early 2015. An announcement about his replacement will be made in the new year.

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